Officials confirm 5 flu-related deaths in Houston area this season


A state of emergency has been issued in Alabama as the state health department reports significant increases in flu activity in many counties.

She said: "These statistics confirm what we've been hearing up and down the country that the complexity of treating flu, including appropriate diagnosis and segregation to avoid cross-contamination, is putting our health system under significant pressure".

Up to half of the children who die from flu have no known medical condition that would have put them at higher risk.

Even if you get your flu shot - you're not completely immune to all strains of the virus.

Wednesday's announcement came after seven people died from the flu Tuesday, according to the county.

That hasn't stopped people from getting this year's vaccination. Texas is among 22 states considered to have the highest amount of flu cases in the the end of 2017. "It is too early for us to know what the flu vaccine effectiveness is for the USA, and we can't make predictions based on what happened in other countries like Australia because it's not an equal comparison".

Genesis Medical Center media coordinator Craig Cooper said he was not aware of any deaths caused by flu at the hospitals.

Grey said the CDC typically takes a look at the strains of flu going around the world to create the vaccine.

Is it too late to get a flu shot? But, it is still showing activity in the province. Doctors say there's still time for people to get the shot - which takes two weeks to become effective - and stay protected for the rest of the flu season.

Mr. Gustafson, a registered nurse, said flu symptoms include fever, aches, vomiting, and sometimes diarrhea. People who become severely ill with flu-like symptoms should seek medical care.

According to the City of Houston Health Department, two women in their 60's have died. A recent study out of Australia, which recently wrapped up its flu season, showed that a similar vaccine wasn't all that useful there. "The flu virus can live up to 72 hours on a surface in the right environment which is a long time", said Kosak. If you don't have insurance, the Minnesota Vaccines for Children program and the Uninsured and Underinsured Adult Vaccine program provide free or low-priced vaccines.